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David C. Baue Photo About David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships

The Baue Family established David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships in 2021 to honor their father’s legacy and commitment to the funeral service profession. David C. Baue was a progressive funeral director who inspired his children and the funeral service profession through his leadership. In 1983, Baue helped found the National Foundation of Funeral Service’s Women in Funeral Service Seminar – the predecessor program to today’s NFDA Professional Women’s Conference.

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Thanks to generous donor support, the Funeral Service Foundation has awarded scholarships to NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference since 1998. The conference offers women of funeral service an opportunity to learn, a chance to collaborate, and a structure for networking that elevates the profession and enriches careers. Past scholarship recipients tell us they leave the conference with greater passion for funeral service and renewed energy with which to serve their communities.


20 ALL-INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS are available to female and non-binary funeral professionals and students to attend the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, April 28-30 in Savannah, Georgia. Applicants are not required to be NFDA members.

Scholarships cover registration and event fees, a two-night hotel-stay, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement.

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must be verifiably employed in funeral service or related occupations.

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must be in good standing and currently attending classes at an ABSFE- or Canadian-accredited institution or program.

Please Note: Students who are enrolled, but have not yet begun coursework at the time of application, are not eligible to apply.



Each candidate is required to answer five questions in no more than 250 words per question, and submit a brief video, no longer than two minutes.


Scholarship submissions to attend the 2024 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference closed on January 29. Please check back in early 2025 for more information about scholarships for the 2025 Conference.


  • Past recipients of Funeral Service Foundation scholarships for any previous in-person NFDA Professional Women’s Conference are ineligible. (Those who received a 2020 Virtual NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship may apply.)
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religious beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Scholarships are not renewable and a candidate may only receive this award once.
  • Recipients are required to attend all conference functions, and should plan travel accordingly.
  • If unable to attend designated scholarship events, the scholarship recipient will forfeit their scholarship for that year, but may apply in subsequent years.
  • All scholarships are subject to available funds.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation reserves the right to eliminate from consideration incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship Winners!


Emily Mae Anderson
Anderson Funeral Home
Saint Paul, MN

Brandy Coryell
Faith Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory
Pensacola, FL

Kali Crowley
Cournoyer Funeral Home
Jaffrey, NH

Samantha FitzSimmons
Goss Funeral Services
Swanton, VT

Autumn Harden
Nitardy Funeral Homes
Fort Atkinson, WI

Sondra Henry
Hodges Funeral Home
Naples, FL

Alyssa Hixon
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home
Pittsburg, KS

Lauren Housman
Rowland-Ford Funeral Home
North Augusta, SC

Dana Ivins
Busch Funeral Home and Crematory
Parma, OH

Arianna Leal
Dignity Memorial
Leander, TX

Amy McMullen
DeBaun Funeral Home
Terre Haute, IN

Kora Michaud
Cournoyer Funeral Home
Jaffrey, NH

Kaycee Neilson
Farnsworth Mortuary & Crematory
Jerome, ID

Christa Ovenell
Death’s Apprentice Education & Planning Incorporated
Vancouver, BC

Staci Shearer
Wabash Memorial Chapel
Shenandoah, IA

Lanae Strovers
Hamilton’s Funeral Home
Des Moines, IA

Maggie White
DeJohn Funeral Home
Willoughby Hills, OH